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Rude NY Times editorial board member gets on wrong side of Ted Cruz over his Kaepernick takedown

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According to one member of The New York Times’ increasingly radical editorial board, Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t allowed to post facts on social media about legendary abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglas.

According to the Times’ Mara Gay, the senator isn’t allowed to say or write anything about Douglas. Why? Given the paper’s obsession with race, it could very well  be because Cruz boasts a white complexion, though to be clear, he’s of Hispanic ancestry.

The feud between Cruz and Gay began on the Fourth of July after disgraced former NFL star Colin Kaepernick used a Douglas quote taken out of context to bash America.

Later that evening Cruz clapped back in a lengthy tweet thread by pointing out that the quote had been taken out of context and then explaining the context that Kaepernick had purposefully chosen to ignore. But for reasons that still remain clear, this history lesson angered Gay.

Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his name has no business in your mouth,” she rudely wrote in a tweet reply she posted Friday morning.

Look at the senator’s tweets and Gay’s response below:

Note that what the Texas senator posted were clearly facts — cold, hard, raw facts devoid of any partisanship. Note also that Gay’s snide response contained no “facts or reason,” as Cruz noted in a follow-up tweet.

“Let’s see. You’re on the editorial board of the NYT. You respond to any view you don’t like, not with facts or reason, but w/ ad hominem attack. And you seem dismayed that I linked to Douglass’s entire speech, so readers can judge for themselves. You represent your employer well,” he wrote sarcastically.

As of Saturday morning, Cruz’s follow-up tweet boasted nearly 45,000 likes, whereas Gay’s snide tweet boasted only slightly over 3,500. Nuff said

Both Cruz’s follow-up tweet and Gay’s original tweet also contained a slew of critical responses, the vast majority of them aimed at the Times’ writer, not the Texas senator.



In fairness to Gay, she did issue an apology of sorts late Friday evening.

You’re right,” she wrote in a reply to Cruz’s follow-up tweet. “Everyone should read these remarks in their entirety. I was offended because I felt Douglass’ powerful words were being used to diminish an American who has tried to make the country fairer for all. In that spirit, peace and Happy Independence Day weekend to you.”

That was decent and praiseworthy. Far too many partisans on both the left and the right have a tendency to double, triple and quadruple down on their errors, versus conceding that they’d made a mistake.

That she was willing to say “[y]ou’re right” tells the American people a lot of about her character. Kudos to her for the humility. And kudos to Sen. Cruz as well for having the temerity to challenge false narratives.


Vivek Saxena


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